Mar 7

Chiura Obata exhibition tour with Professor Fred Hagstrom

Saturday, March 7th, 2020
1:00 pm / Smithsonian American Art Museum
map of Chiura Obata exhibition tour with Professor Fred Hagstrom

F St NW & 8th St NW Washington, DC 20004

Carls in the Capitol invite you to

Chiura Obata exhibition tour with Professor Fred Hagstrom

Saturday, March 7, 2020
  1:00 p.m.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
F St NW & 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

3:00 p.m. Gathering to follow at
**The Smith - Penn Quarter**
901 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

** We reached capacity for this event the same day we sent out the initial invitation.
We also have a full wait list for the event. **

Chiura Obata Grand Canyon 

Chiura Obata came to the U.S. in 1903, working as a laborer and illustrator. Throughout the 1920’s he made numerous trips to the Sierras and Yosemite, drawing from nature. Some of these images were made into prints using the methods of Japanese woodblock printing. From 1932 to 1954 he taught art at the University of California Berkeley. This was interrupted when he was incarcerated at internment camps. His work is a distinctive and important blend of Japanese and western techniques. Both for his small scale works from nature, and well as his larger works that refer more directly to Japanese techniques, Obata was an important American artist. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see a large assemblage of his work.

Obata’s son, Gyo Obata went on to become an important architect. His buildings include the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He was able to leave the internment camp and continue his education thanks to the Student Relocation Council, a program begun by John Nason, who later would be president of Carleton College.

Fred Hagstrom, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art, has done art works that focus on the incarceration of people of Japanese descent during the war. His interest in Obata is primarily about the quality and importance of his work, but also about the personal history of the Obata family.

Continue the conversation after Fred's talk. We will move to The Smith (NOTE: this is a NEW LOCATION), hosted by Molly Fox '03, for more conversation and camaraderie with fellow Carls.

Cost: The exhibit tour is free. Purchase your own food and/or drink at the gathering.

Directions: Google Maps are linked to both addresses noted above for directions.

Questions? Contact Alumni Relations at or 800-729-2586.

Sponsored by Carls in the Capitol. Contact: lkeita, Alumni Relations